Flinders Reef

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Flinders Reef is a small isolated reef near Moreton Island, 5 kilometres (3 mi) north-east of Cape Moreton in South East Queensland, Australia.[1] It has the highest number of coral species of any subtropical reef system along Australia's east coast and is the nearest true coral reef to Brisbane. Flinders Reef is one of Queensland's most popular dive sites.[2] The reef is protected within the Moreton Bay Marine Park and is monitored by the Reef Check conservation program.

There is a second Flinders Reef in the Coral Sea 120 nautical miles (220 km) north-east of Townsville. A weather station there is monitored by the Australian Government.[3] A third Flinders Reef exists offshore from the town of 1770.

Fauna[edit]

The reef has more than 175 fish species.[4] There are more species and varieties of corals in this one area than any other single reef on the Great Barrier Reef. The diverse amount of marine life include schools of wrasse, sweetlip, trevally, parrotfish, bat, surgeon, turtles and tropical fish. Manta rays, wobbegongs and leopard sharks are among the larger creatures that reside here. Sightings of whaler sharks are sometimes seen on the eastern side of Flinders. During the months of June to September, humpback whales can be seen on the surface as they pass by.

History[edit]

In 1986 the Australian Army ship Crusader (AV2767) was sunk near the reef and has become a popular dive wreck. The reef was zoned as a marine park in 1998. The reef was not affected by the 2009 southeast Queensland oil spill.[2]

The reef is often the location for small fishing boat wrecks, and rarely, diving incidents including the death of a Brisbane man in March 2005.[5] It was the site of a helicopter rescue after a dive ship ran aground on the reef in December 2008.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flinders Reef (entry 12779)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Seanna Cronin (2009-03-17). "Flinders Reef escapes oil slick". goldcoast.com.au. Gold Coast Publications. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Latest Coastal Weather Observations Flinders Reef". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Dive Flinders Reef, Moreton Bay Marine Park". Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Jodie Munro O'Brien (2008-02-26). "Fine over Moreton dive death". couriermail.com.au. Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Police attempt to rescue crew from dive boat". couriermail.com.au. Queensland Newspapers. 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 

Coordinates: 26°59′18″S 153°26′31.4″E / 26.98833°S 153.442056°E / -26.98833; 153.442056